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“Shared Genes”—Sam and Ted Nicolosi—is an instrumental acoustic guitar duo based in the Rochester, New York, area. They are inspired by, among others, the world-famous British New Age/Jazz group "Acoustic Alchemy," who appears annually in Rochester at Milestones. Much of their other inspiration comes from The Beatles, The Ventures, Tommy Emmanuel, and several other classic rock groups.

Sam and Ted play acoustic guitars to interpret important tunes from a variety of musical periods. They do not sing, so their instrumentals are more intricate and actually create “vocal” harmonies. Their arrangements of these classic songs are played with just two guitars and take on a totally new flavor while retaining the familiar qualities of the original tune.

The duo’s play list includes compositions by Acoustic Alchemy, America, The Beatles, The Bangles, The Byrds, Glen Campbell, Eric Clapton, John Denver, The Eagles, FireFall, Glen Miller, Carl Perkins, Santana, Simon and Garfunkel and the Ventures. That's quite a range!

 
   

The youngest member of Shared Genes, Ted Nicolosi, is the lead guitar and has a repertoire of over 200 songs. He plays the George Harrison lead guitar sections for songs such as Something, And I Love Her, and While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and does the complete main section of Here Comes The Sun. And whom else do you know who plays acoustic versions of California surf songs by the Ventures?

Ted has grabbed the attention of some famous people—namely, Tommy Emmanuel, Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson's former guitar player), Mason Williams, Greg Carmichael (from Acoustic Alchemy) and locally, Doug Emblidge, Scott Spezzano, Frank Deblaise and Scott Regan.

Shared Genes has been playing at many local venues for over nine years now. These locations include:

  • Jeremy's Java
  • The Village Coffee House (Webster)
  • SPIN Caffe (Park Ave)
  • Captain Yogi's Restaurant
  • Abundance Co-Op Market
  • Fairport Village Coffee House
  • Earthtones Coffee House
  • Jose and Willy's
  • Bayside Landing Restaurant
  • Desert Skies Coffee
  • Jitters Café
  • The Zen Garden Café
  • Chesapeake Coffee House
  • Leaf and Bean Coffee House
  • Cam's Pizzeria
  • Moonbeams
  • SPoT Coffee
  • Starry Nites Café
  • Joe Bean Coffee House
  • Woody's II
  • Kinley's Restaurant
  • Zaz's
  • Mona Lisa Café
  • Jasmine's Asian Fusion
  • The Pultneyville Grill
  • Bistro135

They have also been playing at area festivals for several years. These include:

  • Webster Village Days
  • Williamson Apple Blossom Festival
  • Hilton Apple Festival
  • Park Avenue Festival
  • Brockport Arts Festival
  • River Romance at Maplewood Park

The crowd reaction is always enthusiastic, especially when they hear Ted, “the new kid in town.”

Shared Genes has been featured on:

  • CBS station WROC twice
  • Time Warner Cable R News
  • FOX News station WUHF
  • NBC WHEC News-10-Today Morning Show

They have appeared live on the Brother Wease Show on WCMF, and the Sunday Night Shakedown with Frank Deblase on 98.9 THE BUZZ. In addition, The City newspaper, the Democrat and Chronicle, the Messenger POST, and the Webster Herald have interviewed the duo.

If you get a chance, check out their schedule, stop by and take a listen! You won't be disappointed, since there's no one else like Shared Genes.

 

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